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Old 01-05-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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What happened in a bucolic nursing home nestled in the California mountains starting in 2003 shocked investigators. When residents at the Kern Valley Nursing Home complained or annoyed nursing director Gwen Hughes, prosecutors say she chemically restrained them with powerful anti-psychotic drugs.

ABC World News: Deadly 'Chemical Restraints' Kill California Nursing Home Patients - ABC News
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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My mom is in an assisted living center here in Peoria, AZ. She just turned 94 in Sept. We love this facility and the staff as well, they are wonderful. She thinks she is living in a luxury hotel. It would kill me to think that someone drugged her to keep her submissive. If these charges are true, then that director needs to go to jail for a long time.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The problem is that if you use mechanical restraints, it's a big rigamarole and inquisition and really a big deal. Even in the case of patient safety.
So chemical ones are preferred. I'm not surprised at these outcomes.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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The problem is that if you use mechanical restraints, it's a big rigamarole and inquisition and really a big deal. Even in the case of patient safety.
So chemical ones are preferred. I'm not surprised at these outcomes.
And murder is not a big deal? I understand the use of drugging a person....it's so much easier than training people who are paid minimum wage and treated like lowly trash - these are the people who take care of our elders.

But "chemical restraints", aka murder, for glaring at a nursing home administrator or throwing a carton of milk? The drugs used were very powerful anti-psychotics - not anti-anxiety drugs. The drugs used are meant to put people into a sort of coma.

Nor are these drugs are not administered by a doctor who is familiar with the medical history of a patient; they are administered for the sole purpose of what will ultimately harm a patient, who more than likely is on several other powerful meds.

Basically, we care so little for our elders, that people find this behaviour common and understandable.

I agree, that lady needs to go to jail for a very long time, if not the rest of her life, if this is true.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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This has been going on for years at certain nursing homes.

My dad complained about it when he went to visit his sister in a nursing home about 50 years ago.

She was never married and had no kids and few visitors.
Her mind was sharp and Dad made the long drive about once a month to visit her.

He was told to wait before visiting her and they would get her up.

When he did visit her, she was dosing off and didn't recognize him as one of the workers gently slapped her face to get her attentive.

My dad was furious and accused the nusrsing home of drugging the patients that they thought wouldn't be getting visitors that Sunday to make their workload easier with a smaller crew.

He had never observed that before, and after his complaint, never observed that again when he made unexpected visits.

I was not one bit surprised when I saw this on tv.

I believe ( and hope) that the use of drugs isn't being done to utilize a smaller staff.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Texas
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And murder is not a big deal? I understand the use of drugging a person....it's so much easier than training people who are paid minimum wage and treated like lowly trash - these are the people who take care of our elders.

Basically, we care so little for our elders, that people find this behaviour common and understandable.

I agree, that lady needs to go to jail for a very long time, if not the rest of her life, if this is true.
Before you get your knickers in a bunch, understand that I am against medication for restraints vs mechanical ones. And I think everyone is against nursing home abuse.
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